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21 Day Launceston Round Trip

Our three week roundtrip itinerary will ensure that you experience all the highlights of Tasmania. Begin in the state’s second largest city and explore the charming Cataract Gorge and the Tamar Valley Wine region. Venture down the glorious east coast boasting world class beaches before encountering Australia’s oldest bridge. Be charmed by Tasmania’s friendly capital in Hobart and visit the country’s most talked about museum. Encounter the wild, wild west and take a tour of one of the world’s most scenic World Heritage Listed areas.

Day 1: Launceston

Day 2: Launceston

Day 3: Launceston to Bridport

Day 4: Bridport to St Helens

Day 5: St Helens to Freycinet National Park

Day 6: Freycinet National Park

Day 7: Freycinet National Park to Port Arthur

Day 8: Port Arthur to Richmond

Day 9: Richmond to Hobart

Day 10: Hobart

Day 11: Hobart to Mt Field National Park

Day 12: Mt Field National Park to Queenstown

Day 13: Queenstown to Strahan

Day 14: Strahan

Day 15: Strahan to Zeehan

Day 16: Zeehan to Cradle Mountain

Day 17: Cradle Mountain

Day 18: Cradle Mountain to Rocky Cape National Park

Day 19: Rocky Cape National Park to Burnie

Day 20: Burnie to Devonport

Day 21: Devonport to Launceston

Day 1: Launceston

Collect your motorhome from the Launceston Cruisin’ branch just a stone’s throw from the CBD. Stop by the Country Club Casino for lunch or relish in some down time at Cataract Gorge with a myriad of walking tracks and picnic spots available. Take a walk around town to see some impressive Georgian-style architecture.

Day 2: Launceston

Steer out of the city into the heart of the Tamar Valley wine region known for its cool climate wine and spectacular scenery. Enjoy lunch at Josef Chromy Winery surrounded by charming vines or sip on world-class champagne at the Jansz Wine Room. Stop at the glorious gardens in the valley and appreciate the delightful historical houses.

Day 3: Launceston to Bridport

Known for being a fishing and golf hot spot, Bridport has more than established itself of the Tasmanian map. Enjoy a hit of golf at Australia’s best public golf course, Barnbougle Dunes, swim at one of the white-sand beaches or visit the nearby Lavender farm and watch as the lavender rows stretch off over the horizon.

Day 4: Bridport to St Helens 

Experience the east coast’s most vibrant sea-side town in St Helens. Take a walk around the town centre before exploring the immediate surrounds including breathtaking Mt William National Park and Bay of Fires home to one of the best beaches in the world and oyster farms providing some of the best oysters in Australia. Enjoy a range of local memorabilia at Pub in the Paddock where you can experience a hearty pub meal and witness a beer-drinking pig.

Day 5: St Helens to Freycinet National Park

Arrive in Coles Bay and get settled for the night. Make your way to the local jetty for the best photo opportunities of the Hazards Mountain Range. Hire a kayak and navigate through the bay or enjoy take-away fish and chips under the stars at the local caravan park.

Day 6: Freycinet National Park

Adorn your walking boots and prepare for a day of bushwalking in Freycinet National Park. Hike to Wineglass Bay Lookout where you will discover the most iconic view in Tasmania. For a more strenuous experience, climb to the peak of Mount Amos and encounter spectacular vistas of the bay below. If you have the time, take a one hour scenic flight over Wineglass Bay for an experience you are unlikely to forget. Return to Coles Bay in the evening and enjoy warm hospitality at the local tavern.

Day 7: Freycinet National Park to Port Arthur

Known for being one of most significant open air museums in the country, Port Arthur is a must visit destination for everyone’s motorhome journey in Tasmania. Take a tour of the convict ruins and gain insight into Tasmania’s infamous past. In the evening wander along one of the spectacular coastal tracks along the Tasman peninsula or take a Pennicott Wilderness tour and watch as local seals play in the water around the boat. Keep an eye out for dolphins!

Day 8: Port Arthur to Richmond

Richmond is home to the oldest bridge and gaol in Tasmania. Enjoy a picnic next to the locals by the bridge and feed the ducks. Wander along the English-style main street where you will find quaint cafes specialising in Devonshire tea and local cheese platters. Buy local arts and crafts from one of the many boutique craft stores that line the street.

Day 9: Richmond to Hobart 

Arrive in the famous capital separated by the River Derwent and shadowed by Mt Wellington standing at a height of over 1200 metres. Drive up the mountain for unbeatable views of the city. Take a walk around the historic suburbs of Battery Point and Salamanca with their historic architecture and prime coffee shops. Head to North Hobart in the evening for laidback nightlife and restaurants specialising in a range of cuisines.

Day 10: Hobart 

Rise early and catch the iconic ferry to the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Australia’s most controversial museum centred on the central themes of sex and death. Delve underground and enjoy the quirky exhibitions and interactive displays. Break up the day at one of the onsite restaurants serving a range of local delights and boutique beverages. Catch the ferry back to the wharf in the late afternoon and watch the sun set over the city.

Day 11: Hobart to Mt Field National Park 

Travel through the charming Derwent River Valley to Mt Field National Park. Experience an easy walk to Russell Falls, the most photographed waterfall in Tasmania or wander beneath ancient trees on the Tall Trees trek.

Day 12: Mt Field National Park to Queenstown

The former mining town of Queenstown on Tasmania’s west coast offers a unique terrain and is a great stopover on any long itinerary. Spend a relaxed day exploring the town centre with a diverse range of historic buildings including 19th century pubs and the post office. Enjoy wonderful views from the top of Spion Kopf Hill and spend the evening in the local pub and drink in the small town atmosphere.

Day 13: Queenstown to Strahan

Arrive in the former port of Strahan on the West Coast of Tasmania. Wander around the town centre appreciating the beauty of the well-preserved historical buildings. To learn more about the intense convict history of Strahan experience The Ship That Never Was at the Visitors Information Centre; the longest running theatre production in the state and showcases the story of the infamous escape from nearby Sarah Island. For spectacular views of Macquarie Harbour visit Water Tower Hill Lookout.

Day 14: Strahan 

Hop on-board a Macquarie Harbour Cruise to the lower reaches of the Word Heritage listed Gordon River. Glide through Hell’s Gates, experience the local aquaculture industry and enjoy a tour of Sarah Island convict ruins. In the afternoon make your way to nearby Ocean Beach to enjoy a hot cup of coffee as you watch the wild waves of the West Coast.

Day 15: Strahan to Zeehan 

Continue your exploration of Tasmania’s western wilderness in Zeehan just under a forty minute drive from Strahan. This historic town was once the state’s third largest town and was once known as the “Silver City” when Frank Long discovered silver there in the 19th century. Wander through the historic main street to the Gaiety Theatre, once known to host Australia’s best opera singers. Visit the West Coast Pioneers Museum to brush up on local history or drive 10 minutes from the main street to walk through the unique Spray Tunnel, 100 metres long.

Day 16: Zeehan to Cradle Mountain 

Make the scenic drive to iconic Cradle Mountain nestled in Lake St Clair National Park. Orientate yourself with the area with a scenic flight with Cradle Mountain Helicopters or go canoeing in the Dove River Canyon. Enjoy one of the short walks in the area including the Dove Lake Circuit Track nestled under the shadow of Cradle Mountain and ideal for photo opportunities. For an even shorter experience the Enchanted Walk leaving from the bridge and passing by plunging waterfalls, pools, rainforest and winding up at Cradle Mountain Lodge where you can sit by the roaring fire and enjoy a hot drink.

Day 17: Cradle Mountain 

Wake early in preparation for a day of hiking amongst some of Tasmania’s most spectacular national park scenery. For magnificent views of the surrounds hike the Cradle Mountain summit, just 6 hours return. For something slightly easier Marion’s Lookout is a 2 hour walk and takes you past Crater Lake and Crater Falls to a vantage point offering scenic views of Dove Lake. Hard-core bushwalking enthusiasts will delight in the Waterfall Valley trek, 10 hours return and the first overnight stop of the infamous Overland Trek.

Day 18: Cradle Mountain to Rocky Cape

Experience raw and untamed Tasmania at Rocky Cape National Park, on the rugged north west coast. The park is ideal for easy grade bushwalks and is home to a range of unique Tasmanian flora and fauna. Explore Aboriginal rock shelters and caves, bays and rocky headlands. Stop for a picnic at The Sisters Beach holiday area with BBQ and toilet facilities.

Day 19: Rocky Cape to Burnie

On the way back to Launceston explore Tasmania’s fourth largest city, Burnie. Make a beeline to Hellyers Road Distillery where you can take a tour and enjoy a tasting session overlooking the scenic Emu Valley. Enjoy lunch at the distillery before visiting Burnie Regional Museum to learn about the city’s pioneer history. In the evening make your way to Little Penguin Observation Centre located at Parsonage point where you can watch the penguins waddle ashore after dusk.

Day 20: Burnie to Devonport

Stop overnight at Tasmania’s bustling transport hub home to the iconic Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal. Explore the Bass Strait Maritime museum or take a self-guided Heritage Walk around the city and appreciate the historic buildings. Watch the sun set from Mersey Bluff Lighthouse and keep an eye out for the Spirit of Tasmania making its way to Melbourne’s port.

Day 21: Devonport to Launceston

Make your way back to Launceston and spend the afternoon enjoying a coffee at the seaport. Return the motorhome to the Cruisin’ Launceston branch.

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